We are planning a tablet-only magazine, using the Digital Publishing Suite [Professional edition/Monthly platform subscription fee] with the multi-issue viewer.
In Newsstand, we'd like to offer a free sample issue/partial issue [as Wired, Reader's Digest and National Geographic do] and I just read elsewhere on this forum that Apple actually require that the first issue is free, but this free issue is hosted by Apple, not Adobe.
I'd be grateful if someone could answer/clarify a couple of things about this.
In a multi-issue app, all issues -- both free and retail -- are hosted by Adobe, not Apple. Apple hosts only the app itself.
Yes, the free edition appears inside the Newsstand multi-issue viewer along with paid-for (retail) folios.
Yes, the free edition counts against the Adobe downloads.
My understanding is that yes, there is no time limit on download bundles. They don't need to be used within a certain time period.
Thanks for the reply Bob, much appreciated.
Could you clarify something else - I found a post that says that Apple require a free issue/preview inside the multi-issue viewer: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/916472?tstart=350
Do you know if this the case? And if so, would these downloads count as Adobe (retail) downloads?
There is currently no way to build a folio inside the multi-issue viewer app. You need to publish a folio as Free and Public so that it shows up in your app library. And you publish paid-for folios as Retail and Public (and use iTunes Connect to create an in-app purchase to set the price for the folio).
Regarding free folios counting towards downloads, I'm not that familiar with the pricing details. I don't know if Adobe makes a distinction between free folios and retail folios in terms of downloads. I'll let someone else weigh in.
Confused! I thought that a multi-folio viewer app on newsstand couldn't contain free issues as it's not yet supported (but Adobe are working on including this in January). We dont want to charge for our magazine at all - is there a way we can get it on newsstand?
Could this work:
The Apple requirement to be part of Newsstand is to have an 'auto renewable subscription'. Adobe DPS currently only supports paid subscriptions and not (yet) free subscriptions.
If you have a newsstand enabled app (because you have a paid subscription), you also can publish folios as 'Free'.
There is no way to build a newsstand based multi folio viewer without a subscription (or a free subscription) right now. So what you propose will not work.
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Thanks for the reply. This bit doesn't compute in my tired brain: "If you have a newsstand enabled app (because you have a paid subscription), you also can publish folios as 'Free'."
Do you mean I could create a newstand-enabled app based on a paid subscription, but then I could decide to publish the first issue for free? We only have one issue so far.
For a Newsstand app, you need at least one retail folio in order to set up an auto-renewable subscription. If you have only one folio in a Newsstand app, it can't be free. You can either wait until Adobe supports free subscriptions (mid-January?), or you can create a free version of the retail folio. I basically did that with an experimental app I created called "Northwest Scenery."
Thanks for the update Bob. It's the last bit I'm struggling to understand:
or you can create a free version of the retail folio.
So I would create a new branded viewer - newsstand enabled - which would contain a single retail issue (available for say 79 pence) But I then can make a version of the same issue available for free?. So there would be two folios in the viewer (same content) one a retail version and one free?
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Sorry to jump in, but it seems as good a place as anywhere.
I read this from Klassjan on another forum
I just wanted to ask whether the monthly fee can be paid monthly, and whether the distribution package can be simillarly charged monthly? I have read somewhere else about the package being only 250 downloads - is that out of date?
109W - You can read about pricing here: http://www.adobe.com/products/digital-publishing-suite-family/buying-g uide.html
Marty - Yes, you create a duplicate folio. That's what I did in Northwest Scenery: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/northwest-scenery/id464913903?mt=8
I'm not saying that's the best approach. If you want a free app in Newsstand, in the long run it would be better off to wait until January when free subscriptions will be supported. But this is a workaround that I didn't mind doing because I wanted to test in-app purchases anyway.
Thanks – yeah, I checked out the Northwest Scenery app, that’s a good workaround (especially the ‘about this app’ page ☺)…If I did go down this route for now (retail subscription app, with a retail issue and a duplicate free issue), would I have to build and submit a new branded viewer, once support for free multi-folio issues is added, or will you be able to change the pricing structure ‘locally’?
Is the support for free multi-folios reliant on Apple in any way –i.e. do they have to approve anything or is it definitely going ahead?
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You would need to rebuild the app to specify the different subscription.
My understanding is that Adobe isn't relying on anything from Apple to enable free subscriptions. That's entirely on our end. It's planned for the next release in January. Like any feature, it can be dropped, but free subscriptions is a high priority.
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Hi Bob, great info by the way (thanks in advance).
Later once the free subscription to a newsstand app is available - will folio (per issue) downloads still but charged for free issues?. I'm wanting to create a newsletter type magazine for a client who has lots of employees - if they have 20,000 employees downloading (for free) & the company are charged for each folio download then the cost would be quite expensive, cheaper to print?
Is this right?:
20k employees x 12 issues a year x Adobe folio download fee = a lot for a digital version?
Is there a way around this?
Distribution of folios go through the Adobe fulfillment servers. The addition of free Newsstand subscription will not change this. It will be difficult to make a one-on-one comparison with a print edition. Also with a print-run (20k copies + overhead), you have to incorporate distribution costs etc. Additionally, the digital version gives you much more features to express rich digital content. As a bonus, you can use the Analytics function to measure and analyze the consumption of the content.
In my opinion, if all almost all the employees have a tablet of some sort, DPS will show great benefits; in richness of content, easy and speed of delivery as well as insight.
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